Manchester United insert buy-back clause into Alvaro Fernandez’s contract as youngster joins Benfica | Football


Alvaro Fernandez has joined Benfica. (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Manchester United insisted on a buy-back clause in Benfica’s deal to sign defender Alvaro Fernandez.

The Spaniard joined the Portuguese giants on a six-month loan deal on Tuesday.

Benfica have an obligation to buy the 20-year-old if he plays a certain number of matches – believed to be 50% – while they also have an option to buy if that figure is not triggered.

Fernandez has spent the season on loan at Granada, but he made just five appearances in La Liga.

United agreed to send Fernandez on loan, despite long-term injuries to Tyrell Malacia and Luke Shaw.

That led Fernandez to claim Erik ten Hag ‘did not count on me’.

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Ten Hag agreed to sell Fernandez. (Photo by Stewart Kendall/Sportsphoto/Allstar via Getty Images)

But United clearly feel Fernandez could eventually make it at the club, after inserting a buyback clause in his deal to join Benfica.

It’s not known how much United would have to pay to re-sign Fernandez but they’ve also included a significant sell-on clause.

Sergio Reguillon joined United on loan in August but the club cut short his loan spell, with the Spaniard returning to Tottenham.

Shaw is expected back for the trip to Wolves in a fortnight’s time, while Malacia is also closing on a return.

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